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Next meeting is Monday, May 13th at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda. Minutes from the April meeting are here.
League members gathered in Salem for the annual Day at the Legislature April 29th. Speakers included Kristen Sheeran, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor to Governor Brown; Sen. Tim Knopp; Sen. Jeff Golden; Rep. Dan Rayfield and Rep. Carla Piluso. They covered topics ranging from climate legislation and revenue to campaign finance reform and redistricting. 
LWV-WashCo meets Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell
 
Unit co-chairs Kathleen Hersh and Josie Koehne met with new House District 32 Representative, Tiffiny Mitchell, on April 12th over lunch in Gaston.
District 32 includes Clatsop County and parts of Tillamook and Washington counties.
We discussed redistricting, campaign finance reform, funding for the Student Success Act, the Drivers Licenses for All bill (HB 2015) and the juvenile justice reform bill (SB 1008). We followed up by sending her more information on these topics.
We were delighted and impressed with Rep. Mitchell, who was very knowledgeable on the topics of our concern and seems to be very much in line with many of the values and positions of the League.
 
Rep. Mitchell moved from Utah to Astoria with her husband and decided to run for office when she found that she was not happy with the candidate running for office in her district. Her background is in social services and education. We found that she listens carefully and responsively to her constituents, and understands the importance of serving all the people in her district.
Rep. Mitchell is one of the sponsors of the Drivers Licenses for All bill and was open to considering the criminal justice reform bill and redistricting reform for Oregon. She was willing to compromise to ensure that the business tax to fund the Student Success Act (HB 3427) is properly funded.
If you are a constituent of Rep. Mitchell's, we urge you to contact her with your own issues and concerns! Her contact information is here.
Consensus on Hard Rock Mining in Oregon

The League is in the process of reaching a position on hard rock mining in Oregon.
Our unit went over a report reviewing current state laws and concerns on the topic at previous meetings.
Please review Co-Chair Kathleen Hersh's consensus questions and our unit responses here as we will vote on our positions at the May 13 meeting.
Responses from units and chapters all around the state will be reviewed at the state level before a statewide position is decided on by the Board.
Why should we care about hard rock mining? A excerpt from the report's introduction sums it up: 
"Our modern society uses many tools and products that require minerals in their manufacture. Yet mining for these minerals has the potential to cause severe impacts to the environment that many Oregonians cherish. (There is) the need to balance the need for minerals with the importance of conserving the environment."
The League excels at studying complex issues, arriving at well-informed positions and then lobbying lawmakers about those positions to achieve optimal outcomes that benefit all Oregonians. Help toward this goal by lending your voice to our unit's response to this report.  


Ballots for the May 21 Special Election have started arriving in the mail. The Vote411.org site is loaded with answers to questions generated by League members to local candidates across the state. Encourage your friends and family to use this valuable resource, and to get their ballots in on time. 
Here is a
list of official drop sites in Washington County. If you put it in the mail, please remember to put a stamp on it and allow enough time for it to make it to the Elections Office!

WashCo Commission Work Session Report

County Commissioners discussed a range of issues including the county's Legislative Agenda, crime prevention funding and Clean Water Services updates.
Find the report here.
Thank you to Co-Chair Kathleen Hersh for attending and writing this report. If you would like to volunteer to attend or watch area governing body meetings, and write a summary for the League, email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com.
Hillsboro Bee City Resolution

Hillsboro is planning to consider a resolution in support of becoming a Bee City USA member at the June 18 city council meeting.
We will vote as a unit at the May 13 meeting whether to approve a letter to the City supporting this resolution. Please read the draft before attending, if possible.
Unit member Amelia Nestler has testified for the League on two pesticide-related bills in Salem, and becoming a Bee City includes thoughtful use of pesticides on the part of the city.
If the unit approves the letter, it will be sent to the state Board for approval before being sent to Hillsboro by June 15.

Children's Service Districts Update
By League member Katie Riley
SB 543, which would allow the formation of Children’s Service Districts by petition was heard in the Human Services and Housing Committee in the House on Wednesday, April 24.
The Washington County Kids’ sign-on letter included 34 individuals and 22 organizations. Separate supportive testimony was submitted by 26 people. At the hearing 15 people made oral presentations of their testimony. 
In addition to Washington County supporters, people came from Depoe Bay in Lincoln County, Hood River in Wasco County, and Portland. Additional people attended and provided moral support. Together with all the written comments, it was impressive!
Testimony had to end at 3 pm so the hearing will be continued on Wednesday, May 8th in Hearing Room 50 (located in the basement of the Capitol in Salem) at 1 pm. Please attend if you are able!  
There is opposition to the bill. The League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties provided opposing testimony in addition to Washington County's lobbyist. Concerns seem to center around fear that current priorities may face competition for scarce funds that may lead to less funding for those programs.  We have emphasized that this is enabling legislation and does not automatically result in automatic formation of any new district; however, citizens should be able to decide if children's needs should be a priority.  
You can see all testimony for this bill at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB543  If you wish to submit testimony, send it to hhs.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov
Email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com to participate in any of these volunteer opportunities with the Washington County unit!
  • Remind voters to turn in their ballots and educate them about the League at the Downtown Hillsboro Farmer's Market May 18th. Show up for any shift you can from 8 am to 1 pm.
  • Join the affordable housing work group. If you care about the affordable housing problem in our region and want to work to educate others and push for solutions, this is the group for you! Other work groups include: pesticides, criminal justice reform and campaign finance.
  • Attend a local government council or board meeting and write up a summary of what happened for the League.
Upcoming Events
Be sure to stay tuned to the League's Action Alerts to support the League's efforts in Salem during this legislative session! 
May 7, 10 am, Washington County Commission affordable housing implementation strategy public input hearing, Public Services Bldg., 155 N. First Ave., Ste. 300, Hillsboro. More info here.
May 9, 5:30-9 pm, Washington County 2019-20 Budget Committee meeting, Cameron Public Services Bldg., auditorium, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro. More info here.
May 9, 7 pm, CPO 8 community meeting, 31370 NW Commercial St., North Plains.
Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) meet monthly around the county. Find your local neighborhood CPO here.
May 11,10 am-1 pm, city of Beaverton Volunteer Fair, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St. More info here.
May 13, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum presents Polo Catalani on human migration, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro.
May 13, 1:30 p.m., LWV WashCo unit meeting, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton.
May 13, 7 pm, Affordable Housing Bond local rollout presentation at Forest Grove City Council, 1915 Main St. More info here.
May 14, 5-9 pm, 2019-20 County Special District budget meeting, Cameron Public Services Bldg., auditorium, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro. More info here.
May 15, 5:30-7 pm, Hillsboro downtown arts and culture district public input meeting, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St.
May 16, 5:30-7 pm, Beaverton Affordable Housing open house, Highland Park Middle School, 7000 SW Wilson Ave. More info here.
May 28, 2 pm, Washington County Commission affordable housing implementation strategy public input hearing, Public Services Bldg., 155 N. First Ave., Ste. 300, Hillsboro. More info here.
May 20, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum presents local youth activists on gun and school safety, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro.
May 30, 5:30-9 pm, County 2019-20 Budget Hearing, Cameron Public Services Bldg., auditorium, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro. More info here.
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